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Human Rights Institute

The AUP Summer Institute for Human Rights

As a new initiative for the 2022 Summer semester, students studying for an MA in Diplomacy and International Law are invited to take part in the AUP Summer Institute for Human Rights. The three-week program is dedicated to exploring the intersection between human rights law and other relevant human rights fields. In examining the practical applications of different human rights approaches on a variety of careers and industries, students engage directly with experts and practitioners working to address global challenges though human rights.

The 10-credit program consists of four main components and culminates in online examinations. The first such component is a guest lecture series, during which human rights experts with diverse specializations speak to students on topics such as religion and human rights, rights-based approaches to digital services and global plans for eliminating gender-based violence. Following each lecture, students have the opportunity to engage directly with the visiting practitioners in small, informal group-based Q&A sessions.

The foundational course, the program’s second component, focuses on interdisciplinary academic approaches to human rights. Guest professors explore the intersections between international human rights law and other human rights–related fields. Accompanying these lectures is a series of prizewinning documentary film screenings, which explore human rights–based issues through contemporary examples. The academic background acquired through this first course forms the basis of the Institute’s first online examination.

An additional elective course provides the Institute’s third component, allowing students to select one of two courses covering a new or emerging application of human rights theory in practice: “Regulating the Metaverse: Human Rights and Digital Technologies” and “Innovations in Humanitarian Intervention.” These electives are both taught by AUP alumni with extensive experience in UN and EU systems, and they aim to engage students with evolving academic thinking on the forefront of newly developing human rights fields. The elective choice culminates in the second and final online examination.

Finally, students work together with AUP faculty members to develop their own team projects that demonstrate a practical understanding of the different theoretical concepts they encounter in class. These projects aim to find ways to tackle existing and future global challenges through human rights approaches. Wherever possible, students will be matched with practitioners and academics in the field of their choosing. Each group will present their ideas to their peers over the course of the Institute.

The AUP Summer Institute for Human Rights is a unique opportunity to engage directly with the practical applications of human rights theory, bridging the gap between master’s level academic study and career paths in fields relevant to international human rights issues. AUP’s commitment to engaging with global challenges in an ethical and interdisciplinary manner sets up students to succeed in the exciting, evolving field of human rights law.